The Database of Art Objects at the Jeu de Paume is a complex project that has involved a number of institutions and a great many individuals since 2004.
Particular thanks are due to Marc Masurovsky, consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the project director for the Database, and to Patricia Kennedy Grimsted of the Ukrainian Research Institute and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and the International Institute of Social History (IISH-IISG), Amsterdam, consultant to the Claims Conference for the project.
At the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), Wesley A. Fisher was the principal person administratively responsible, but the project would have been impossible without the guidance and support of Greg Schneider, Gideon Taylor, and Saul Kagan, as well as the assistance of Jens Hoppe, Karen Heilig, Joe Berger, Miriam Weiner, Nicole Charbani, Ruth Weinberger, Hannah Rosenbaum, Tony Rodriguez, Linda Gates, Marina Andrews, Hillary Kessler-Godin, Kara Kovacev, Benny Dana, Amy Moyer, Svetlana Krivitskaya, Mimi Bohbot, Brooke Fish, Georg Heuberger, Christine Reeh, Angelika Huebinger.
At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Michael Levy was the principal person administratively responsible, but thanks are due as well to Michael W. Grunberger, Michael Haley Goldman, Karen Coe, Larry Garfinkel, Min Lee. The first phase of production--digitization of the ERR cards—was made possible by Alexandra Lohse, Anika Skogstrom, Brendan Howley, Nicholas Underwood, Oleg Sirbu, Robert Williams, Olga Savceac, Ruth Merkl, Tierra Jolly, Brennan Hogan, Marcel Coutandin, Doreen Kittler, Jan Lambertz, Gulnar Nagashybayeva. The second phase—linking photos, building up the historical content of the database—could not have occurred without the significant assistance of USHMM staff and interns Diane Afoumado, Peggy Frankston, Martin Terrazas and Adam Fainbarg, as well as research assistants in France, Marie-Dominique Roullet and Sarah Faraud, and a cohort of volunteers, namely Naomi Milstein, Randi J. Greenberg, Sherri Ellerbe, Erica Hamor, Catherine Sezgin, Angela Kalsi, Hayoung Park, Melinda Douros, Natalie Castellanos, Nadia Hasan, Brittany Waggener, Heather Hope Stephens, Abby Chianglin, Danielle Benjamin, and Terressa Davis.
The Federal Archives of Germany (Bundesarchiv) graciously provided not only access to its records but also to the expertise of its staff. Thanks are due to Hartmut Weber, Kai von Jena, Michael Hollman, Barbara Limberg, Philip Möckel, Hans-Dieter Kreikamp, Jana Blumberg, and Sabine Dumschat.
Ossenberg & Schneider GmbH handled the imaging of the records in Germany.
The National Archives and Records Administration of the United States and in particular the National Archives at College Park were similarly helpful thanks to the efforts of Michael J. Kurtz, Greg Bradsher, James Hastings, Rebecca Collier, and Sharon Thibodeau.
Marie Gallup and Anne Georgeon-Liskenne of the Directorate of Archives of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France (Direction des Archives, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, MAEE), La Courneuve (formerly at the Quai d’Orsay) kindly permitted access to information concerning repatriation and restitution held by the Government of France.
Additional funding from the Commission for Art Recovery is gratefully acknowledged. The Commission’s support is making it possible to complete the integration into the Database of postwar restitution information extracted from the files of the MAEE in Paris, France.